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FT/Wipro Executive Dinner Forum

Business in the 2nd Machine Age - Responsible and responsive leadership

Davos |
Speakers include:
Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu Lee

Sinovation Ventures

Andy Wales

Andy Wales

ABInBev

Overview

Social and political discontent, climate change and the proliferation of digital technologies have become defining characteristics of modern life, and they are producing a turbulent mix of uncertainty and complexity. So how, and to whom, should corporate leaders be responding? Who, and what, should corporate leaders be responsible for: the environment, employees, customers, shareholders; the future? How, in short, are corporate leaders to respond to a disparate community of interests, make a profit, and do all this responsibly?

Technology is going to be part of the answer. It is also part of the problem. The advance of automation and machine intelligence is shaking the ground before us. Certain jobs will become redundant. New jobs – ones in sectors we haven’t even thought of yet – will be created. Hyper-connectivity, real-time data and data analytics will improve and accelerate responsiveness, both within organisations and companies, and in response to external factors.

But is responsiveness on its own enough? Social media platforms have, for example, been criticized for not taking action around the ‘fake news’ circulated in the lead-up to the US presidential election. And Facebook has been criticized for the ‘filter bubble’ that is paradoxically both connecting and disconnecting its community of users.

Chaired by Tim Bradshaw, San Francisco correspondent and Personal Technology columnist, Financial Times, this curtain-opener dinner taking place on the eve of the WEF sessions, will set out some of ways in which corporate leaders are deploying technologies and new ways of thinking in order to lead their businesses responsibly and responsively in the new global paradigm.

The ‘Second Machine Age’ is a term coined by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee to describe the beginning of an era characterized by technologies that are transforming our economy and ways of life

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fallback Add to my Calendar 01/16/2017 19:00:0001/16/2017 22:00:00falseFT/Wipro Executive Dinner ForumSocial and political discontent, climate change and the proliferation of digital technologies have become defining characteristics of modern life, and they are producing a turbulent mix of uncertainty and complexity. So how, and to whom, should corporate leaders be responding? Who, and what, should corporate leaders be responsible for: the environment, employees, customers, shareholders; the future? How, in short, are corporate leaders to respond to a disparate community of interests, make a profit, and do all this responsibly?Technology is going to be part of the answer. It is also part of the problem. The advance of automation and machine intelligence is shaking the ground before us. Certain jobs will become redundant. New jobs – ones in sectors we haven’t even thought of yet – will be created. Hyper-connectivity, real-time data and data analytics will improve and accelerate responsiveness, both within organisations and companies, and in response to external factors.But is responsiveness on its own enough? Social media platforms have, for example, been criticized for not taking action around the ‘fake news’ circulated in the lead-up to the US presidential election. And Facebook has been criticized for the ‘filter bubble’ that is paradoxically both connecting and disconnecting its community of users.Chaired by Tim Bradshaw, San Francisco correspondent and Personal Technology columnist, Financial Times, this curtain-opener dinner taking place on the eve of the WEF sessions, will set out some of ways in which corporate leaders are deploying technologies and new ways of thinking in order to lead their businesses responsibly and responsively in the new global paradigm.The ‘Second Machine Age’ is a term coined by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee to describe the beginning of an era characterized by technologies that are transforming our economy and ways of lifeFT/Wipro-Executive-Dinner-Forumd728926015a8ffcafb9bd5069202c7a8MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (7)

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Founder, The Huffington Post and Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet.

In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu Lee

Chairman and CEO
Sinovation Ventures

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures which was founded in September, 2009. Sinovation Ventures is a leading early-stage investment company targeting the next wave of Chinese high-tech companies and to mentor the next-generation of Chinese entrepreneurs. Prior to starting Sinovation Ventures, Dr. Lee was the Vice President of Google, President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple.

Dr. Lee was the Vice Chairman of the Committee of 100, an elite group of Chinese Americans. He was selected by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. He was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of Shangri-La Asia Limited from Nov, 2015, Independent Director of Hon Hai Precision IND. Co., Ltd. from Jan, 2016, and Non-Executive Director of Meitu Inc. from Aug, 2016.

Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree from Columbia University, and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. He has Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the City University of Hong Kong and Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Andy Wales

Andy Wales

Vice President Sustainable Development
ABInBev

Andy Wales is Vice President Sustainable Development for ABInBev, leading the group’s work on water and climate, economic development throughout the value chain, social progress and human rights.

He joined ABInBev as part of the recent combination with SABMiller plc. Previously he worked as Corporate Affairs Director for SABMiller’s European division and before that as SVP Sustainability for SABMiller plc, leading their ‘Prosper’ platform. Andy has also held Corporate Responsibility and Strategy Director roles at the environmental services group Severn Trent, & textiles firm Interface, Inc.

In 2009 he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School Oxford and a member of WWF UK’s Programme Committee. He is lead author of the book ‘Big Business, Big Responsibilities’, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, a masters degree in Sustainable Development Strategy from Forum for the Future/Middlesex University & a BA in English & International Development from Sussex University.

Charles Holliday

Charles Holliday

Chairman
Royal Dutch Shell

Charles Holliday was Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 1998 to 2009, and Chairman from 1999 to 2009. He joined DuPont in 1970 after receiving a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and held various manufacturing and business assignments, including a six-year, Tokyo-based posting as President of DuPont Asia/Pacific.

He has previously served as Chairman of the Bank of America Corporation, The Business Council, Catalyst, the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Chemical Industry -American Section and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and is a founding member of the International Business Council. He is a Director of HCA Holdings, Inc., CH2M engineering company and a former Director of Deere & Company.

Abidali  Neemuchwala

Abidali Neemuchwala

CEO
Wipro

Abidali Z. Neemuchwala is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Wipro Limited. Abid combines deep operational knowledge with broad strategic insight and has a track record of building and scaling businesses, and forging enduring client relationships.

Previously as the Chief Operating Officer, he spearheaded several initiatives across various businesses to create a more nimble and agile organization. These measures helped accelerate Wipro’s ability to respond to clients and ensure deeper employee engagement.

Prior to joining Wipro, Abid spent 23 years in Tata Consultancy Services, where he handled multiple leadership roles in business, technology, sales, operations and consulting.

He has a Master’s degree in Industrial Management from IIT Mumbai and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication from NIT, Raipur. Abid is passionate about giving back and volunteers in the local community. He is married, has three children, and lives in Dallas, Texas.

Tim Bradshaw

Tim Bradshaw

​San Francisco Correspondent, Personal Technology columnist
Financial Times

Tim Bradshaw has been writing about technology for more than a decade, including over eight years at the Financial Times. After covering digital media and marketing for the FT in London, from the BBC iPlayer and WPP to Twitter and Wikileaks, he moved to Silicon Valley in 2012 as San Francisco correspondent. There he covers Apple, mobile devices and other consumer electronics companies, as well as emerging innovations including virtual reality and self-driving cars, and their impact on traditional businesses, regulation and society. Mr Bradshaw also writes the weekly Personal Tech column, reviewing the weird and the wonderful that Silicon Valley produces, from iPhones to electric skateboards.

Ian Goldin

Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development
Oxford University

Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges.  He previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Development Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Mr Goldin also was principal economist at the EBRD and has served as a non-executive director of a number of leading global companies.  

Mr Goldin has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a renowned speaker and analyst and has published 20 books, the most recent of which are the widely acclaimed best selling Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance; and, The Butterfly Defect: How globalisation creates systemic risks; Is the Planet Full?; and, The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas.

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Agenda - 16th Jan

  • 7:00pm
    Registration, networking buffet and champagne reception
  • 8:15pm
    Welcome remarks from the FT Chair

    Tim Bradshaw, ​San Francisco correspondent, Personal Technology columnist, Financial Times

  • 8:20pm
    Scene-setting address

    Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, Oxford University

  • 8:30pm
    Panel discussion

    Panel Discussion: Business in the 2nd Machine Age: Responsible and responsive leadership

    The return of nationalism: As voters across the West elect governments with an increasingly strong will to defend national self-interest, what implications will this have on globalization and the sense of responsibility towards the rest of the world?

    Defining terms: What does it mean to be both a responsive and responsible corporate leader? Who and what are corporate leaders responding to, and responsible for? Can responsiveness be uncoupled from responsibility? And what role does technology have to play in this mix?

    ‘Distributed’ corporate leadership: Corporate leadership and decision-making is traditionally clustered around one individual at the head of a corporation, but are we beginning to see a technology-enabled move towards a more distributed and less ‘vertical’ approach?  And how is technology helping to tap into the wisdom of the crowd, both within organisations, and beyond them?

    Purpose beyond the bottom line: How is technology enabling companies to be more effective agents of change for the good – both in responding to the threat their activities may present to the environment, and towards the deepening issues around social upheaval and inequality.

    PANELISTS

    Charles O. Holliday, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell

    Kai-Fu Lee, Founder, Sinovation Ventures, technology executive, writer, and computer scientist

    Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, CEO, Wipro Ltd

    Andy Wales, Vice President, Sustainable Development, ABInBev

    MODERATOR

    Tim Bradshaw, ​San Francisco correspondent, Personal Technology columnist, Financial Times

  • 9:30pm
    Networking drinks
  • 10:00pm
    Event ends

Venue

Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère
Promenade 89
Davos Platz 7270

Switzerland

Tel: +41 81 415 60 00

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Organisers (2)

Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) is a leading information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of "Business through Technology.”  By combining digital strategy, customer centric design, advanced analytics and product engineering approach,  Wipro helps its clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, Wipro has a dedicated workforce of over 160,000, serving clients in 175+ cities across 6 continents.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

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